Sleep apnea tolls the health of tens of millions, reports the Epoch Times, in an article that covers costs, under-diagnosis, and payor reimbursement concerns.

“Sleep apnea … contributes to the most common and expensive diseases that we treat, notably high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease like stroke and heart attack—those are the common ones,” Dr. Stern said.

Women with sleep apnea are also known to have low birth-weight babies and higher frequency of cesarean section.